A bi-monthly news publication for AWI Manufacturing
& Supplier Members
January 20, 2011

AWI CODB Survey Opens February 1

Watch your in-box for details and a link to the 2011 AWI Cost of Doing Business Survey.

And, check out your mailbox for the February issue of AWI NewsBriefs featuring a "how to" resource that helps simplify participation. Push the "Easy" Button! Dave Nadolski, Chair of the AWI Audit Committee, shares "Ten Steps to Participate in the CODBS."
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AWI News

New AWI Members Welcomed

Membership – and your AWI peer group – keeps on growing. AWI welcomed another 14 new members to the architectural woodwork community. Who are they?

Amoskeag Woodworking, Inc., Colchester, VT, www.amoskeagwoodworking.com
Architectural Turnings, Greenwell Springs, LA, www.archturnings.com
Autumnwood Millwork, LLC, New Waverly, TX
Commercial Millwork Solutions/JRJ, Rosemount, MN, www.commercialmillworksolutions.com
Crown Column & Millwork, Attalla, AL, www.crowncolumn.com
Dow Construction, Inc., Portsmouth, VA, www.dowconinc.com
Heister House Millworks, Inc., Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA, www.hhmillworks.com 
Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management, LLC, Pleasant Valley, NY, www.kirchhoff-consigli.com
Pine Door Manufacturing, Darby, MT, www.pine-door.com
Salem Mill & Cabinet, Salem, OH
SDC Millwork, Victor, NY, www.sdcmillwork.com
Valcour Casework, Inc., San Antonio, TX
Winter Cabinets Company, Brenham, TX, www.wintercabinets.com
Wood Creations, Inc., Owings, MD

Use the online Directory of AWI Manufacturing and Supplier Members at www.awinet.org for contact information and access to the Web sites of these and other AWI members. The resource is open 24/7 for use in seeking manufacturers and suppliers of architectural woodwork.
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AWI Learning Forum

Protect Your Rights – Negotiate the Terms of Risky Contracts

AWI is hosting a one-hour webinar on February 16, 2011 for AWI Manufacturing Members to better understand and protect themselves from risks in contract language that often favors the General Contractor – and not the Woodworker. Sign up early to learn from a well-known, successful construction law attorney.

AWI Webinar
"Negotiating Favorable Changes to Subcontracts"
February 16, 2011
2:00 – 3:00 pm (EST)

Michael P. Davis, Attorney-at-Law, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin

What’s It About?
This webinar will introduce woodworkers to the legal and practical reasons for negotiating more favorable language before signing a "boilerplate" Agreement. Participants will learn the art of negotiating more favorable terms. Mr. Davis will focus on some of the most significant contract provisions and language that leads to more profitable projects.

Goal, More Details
Learn about the most dangerous or risky language that subcontractors find in their contracts. Improve your ability to negotiate changes in problematic contracts. Identify and evaluate the most likely risks and potential liability which can result from one-sided contract provisions.

Architectural woodworkers need to be able to make educated decisions as to whether some jobs are worth taking. Are a bad contract, narrow profit margins, and "a perfect storm" of danger worth the risk? Understand the fine lines in and between the contract language and enhance your ability to conduct a cost benefit analysis to determine if the job is worth taking given potential risks. If the risks are worth it, savvy woodworkers will learn when to be wary and proceed with caution.

A contract with a General Contractor does not mean that you (the Woodworker) don’t have legal rights, and it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t negotiate terms and conditions that put you and the GC on a level playing field. When a subcontractor proposes changes to subcontract language, it sends a message to the GC that you intend to be treated fairly and that you are a partner on the project with rights and privileges.

About the Presenter
Michael P. Davis maintains a construction law and employment practice and represents a wide variety of trade contractors, prime contractors, owners/developers and design professionals.  He has successfully represented a broad spectrum of specialty trade contractors and prime contractors in a variety of construction disputes involving construction defects, labor inefficiencies, UCC warranty issues, constructive accelerations, and increased scope of work.   Mr. Davis has achieved settlements, judgments and awards that have ranged in the millions of dollars.

The webinar is free to AWI members, but space is limited. Register early by clicking here (Scroll down on the page).
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Lean for Woodworkers: The Race for Continuous Improvement

What do the following examples all have in common? The Model-T and a Ferrari, hand tools and a CNC, pad of paper and an iPad, an outhouse and standard plumbing, board drafting and CAD? You have probably already guessed it; each is a by-product of Continuous Improvement thinking.

In an effort to improve upon the first AWI Lean Seminar at the Spring Professional Development Seminars in 2010 the presenters have prepared an exciting two-day seminar/workshop for 2011 based on the feedback and suggestions we have received. Here it is! The race takes place May 13-14, 2011 in St. Louis.

DAY 1 – Daytona 500
(Values, Culture, Strategic Alignment, and Employee Involvement)

To be successful as a Lean manufacturer (Race Car Team) the culture within your organization must change. Change starts at the top (or bottom as we will soon find out). The CEO/President of your company must both lead and embrace change. Lean requires the full commitment of everyone and alignment in the company to well thought-out core values.

Just like a Race Car Team, the involvement of each team member is critical to the success of the organization. It is imperative that the driver(s) (CEO, President, Managers, and Leaders) create and sustain a culture of continuous improvement. Without a driver the race car doesn’t go very far.

Day 2 – Racing Tools the Lean Way
(Implementing the Right Tools to Drive Out Waste, Create Flow, and Create Sustainable Continuous Improvement)

Presenters will share a toolbox full of hints and tips for AWI Manufacturing Members. Yes, Lean does work in a custom, one-of-a-kind fabrication, finishing, and installation environment. Yes, Lean also works for members who produce a line of products or fit into a single niche market.

You will learn the meaning of, and how to implement the tools of Lean Manufacturing:

  • 5S
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Total Productive Maintenance
  • SMED
  • LEAN Plant Layout
  • The Five Whys?

You will explore the cost/benefit proposition of becoming a Lean Manufacturer. Decide how you will implement Lean. Is it right for you? Are you ready to embrace it?

Perhaps the most important and essential part of this seminar/workshop will be the collaboration of practices among woodworking professionals. This is a great opportunity to gain insights and know-how in improving your organization!

    Learn More...

    "Lean for Woodworkers: The Race for Continuous Improvement"
    (Two-Day Course)
    8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    May 13-14, 2011

    Erik Fetzer, Fetzer Architectural Woodwork
    John Wiley, Elipticon Wood Products
    Eric Peterson, New World Millworks

    More information and registration: awinet.org (Scroll down on the page.)

    Please read cautionary AWI statement in the right-hand column. 

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    Will the “Fundamentals” Seminars Come to You? You Decide.

    AWI is seeking your input about where the "Fundamentals of Project Management" and "Fundamentals of Estimating," two of the core educational seminars that AWI offers. Where are these courses needed most?

    If you're thinking about attending or have employees you want to attend, then now is the time to tell us.  The results of this survey will determine when, where, and how many times these seminars will be delivered in 2011. 

    Take the survey now by clicking here.

    "Fundamentals of Estimating"
    Length: 1 Day
    Learning Outcomes:  This Basic program is designed to help you calculate your "break even" and to introduce attendees to the AWI Cost Book. Do you know much it costs to put the key in the door and turn on the lights every day at your plant? Learn how to find out, AND how to put that fact to work for profitable jobs next week. Go home from this program to sleep better at night, knowing you can turn down unprofitable work and negotiate your margins with confidence.

    "Fundamentals of Project Management"
    Length: 1 Day
    Learning Outcomes:  Basic one day program designed for NEW project managers.  Participants will build a solid foundation for profitable projects, sharpen their basic management skills, and learn what questions to ask.
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    Business Tools

    The Talk this Week!

    What are the hot topics this week among AWI members connecting on the AWI LinkedIn network? More new employment opportunities. Check them out.

    Click into the forums anytime to find out what’s important among architectural woodworkers. The AWI LinkedIn home page is here. See what your peers are saying. If you’re not yet registered with LinkedIn, do it when you check out the current discussions. It’s free and it’s a useful networking tool among AWI members.
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    Around the Industry

    WDMA Urges Congressional Investigation of EPA, DOE and OSHA Rules

    The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), along with a group of leading building industry trade associations, have asked Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to conduct a review of EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP) for negatively impacting business and job growth.  

    Rep. Issa sent a letter to 150 companies, trade associations, think tanks and scholars in mid-December asking them to come up with a list of the most onerous existing and proposed federal rules and regulations that are hurting job creation and economic growth.

    "While WDMA has long supported efforts to protect children and pregnant women from lead hazards, the poor development and implementation of the LRRP Rule by EPA has been a disaster for industry and consumers alike," said WDMA President Michael O'Brien.  "EPA has clearly overstepped the original intent of the rule and WDMA has had to resort to legal action to reverse some the agency's actions, such as removal of the opt-out provision." 

    In a separate letter to Rep. Issa, WDMA also asked the Oversight Committee to review two other issues that may negatively affect window, door and skylight manufacturers: 1) the Department of Energy's (DOE) involvement with the private sector development of energy efficiency codes for commercial and residential buildings; and 2) OSHA's recent proposal to change its interpretation of workplace noise exposure requirements and enforcement.

    "We continue to be concerned with DOE's interference in the model code process advocating for revisions to energy codes using unsubstantiated data to support positions and refusing to provide any basis for their technical assumptions," O'Brien said. "Further, OSHA's current proposal to change its official interpretation of of workplace noise exposure requirements and enforcement by requiring new engineering and administrative controls could significantly increase manufacturing costs without demonstrating a corresponding increase in employee safety."
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    Intl. Hardwood Processing Conference – Bridging Science, Industry, Policymakers

    Save the date for the 3rd International Scientific Conference on Hardwood Processing (ISCHP 2011) to be held in Blacksburg, VA, October 16-19, 2011.

    ISCHP, the bi-annual, global conference on hardwoods will provide opportunities for managers, policymakers, and scientists to come together and discuss key issues related to hardwoods. The conference will also serve as a bridge between science, industry, and policymakers to shape paths into the future.

    Conference Chair Urs Buehlmann, Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, invites participant contributions and commercial exhibits in the following areas:

    Session 1: Forestry practices and hardwood quality
    Session 2: Supply chain management
    Session 3: Hardwood processing and optimization
    Session 4: Markets, trade, and business insights
    Session 5: Certification and sustainability
    Session 6: Hardwood innovations of the future

    Professor Buehlmann advised, "To underscore the multi-faceted nature of the conference, different types of contributions related to hardwoods will be accepted:

    • Peer-reviewed papers with conference presentation.
    • Non-peer reviewed papers with conference presentation.
    • Conference presentations (without a paper).
    • Posters."

    Peer and non-peer reviewed papers and abstracts (for presentations only and posters) will be published in PDF format and be available upon request, for an extra charge, as a bound copy.

    More information?
    Go to www.ischp2011.org/ and click on "Call for Abstracts" or e-mail Urs Buehlmann, conference chair, at ischp2011@gmail.com. And, stay tuned for more details in the coming months.
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    Member News

    Ninth Stiles Executive Briefing Conference – Register before January 31, 2011 and Save

    What is in store for you at the EBC? What will you see at the 3M Innovation Center? Who will be speaking at the conference?

    The consistent theme of the EBC is to answer the questions "What’s Now, What’s New, and What’s Next?"  Providing strategic and practical information to help solve manufacturing challenges, the EBC is an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the business landscape.

    The ninth EBC will be April 10-12, 2011 at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN. Here’s a lineup of the program. For additional information about each speaker and topic, click here.

    "Next Generation Manufacturing," John Brandt, the MPI Group

    "The Recovery – How Long and How Fast? Alan Beaulieu, Institute for Trend Research

    "Innovation: A True Pioneer," Craig Hardy, Silver Street Manufacturing
    "Radical Innovations in Quality Assurance," Federico Giudiceandrea, Microtec
    "Leveraging Software Innovations to Drive Sales," Craig Yamauchi, 20-20 Technologies
    "Innovative Approaches to Manufacturing Efficiency," Gary Wernlund, Stiles Machinery
    "An Industry at the Cross Roads: It is Never too Late to Innovate," Michael Dunlap, Michael Dunlap & Associates

    "Being an Innovative Employer of Choice," Duane Griffiths, Stiles Education (Moderator; Jeff Stone, Navy Island Plywood; Peter Menzel, The Wenger Corporation; Bob Bockheim, Nucraft)

    3M World of Innovation Center
    Customer Abrasive Methods Center, 3M

    "Innovations in Abrasive Materials and Sanding Technology"
    "Global Observations of Innovation"

    "Diversification," (KML)
    "Automation," (Eastern Millwork, Inc.)

    Online registration for the EBC can be accessed via www.stilesmachinery.com/ebc. Take advantage of the "early bird" conference rate of $995, which includes hotel accommodations at the Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury for two nights, all meals, admission to the briefing sessions, as well as tours of 3M’s World of Innovation and their Center for Abrasive Materials (CAM).  Register before January 31, 2011 and save over 15%.

    Stiles Machinery has been an AWI Supplier Member since 1996. AWI is one of Stiles’ industry partners in this conference.
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    AWS Errata Web Site – Check for Latest Changes

    The AWI Technical Committee reminds members about Errata published – and changing continually – for the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS). See the latest changes.

    AWI members are reminded that the Errata List is a living document and should be checked frequently for changes in the AWS. Don’t be caught using outdated information on your next project that specifies the AWS.

    Many changes have been made since October 1, 2009 following publication of the First Edition of the AWS in August 2009. The Errata Web site is the ultimate source of information which is posted as AWS data changes.

    Visit http://www.aws-errata.com/ for errors and corrections to the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) jointly produced and published by the three developers: AWI, the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC) and the Woodwork Institute (WI).  
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    Chapter News

    Upcoming Chapter Events

    What’s happening in your local AWI chapters and architectural woodwork communities?

    Check out the informative AWI chapter programs sponsored in your area. Tap into your local AWI chapter for vital information that can help your business grow and put you in touch with fellow AWI architectural woodworkers and suppliers.

    AWI Oregon Chapter (Under Development)
    When: January 26, 2011
    What: Organizational Meeting about Oregon Chapter Opportunities
    Where: Rudy’s at the Salem Golf Club, Salem, OR
    Registration: See Attached
    (AWI National Members, local Suppliers, and local Design Professionals are welcome to attend.)
    Special Guests: Scott and Kirsten Ingham of Pearson Millwork; Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services
    Program Coordination: Reid Giving, Stiles Machinery
    Information: Greg Bednar at gbednar@awinet.org    

    AWI Washington Chapter
    When: February 9, 2011 (5:30 pm)
    What: Chapter Meeting (Reception, Dinner, Presentation & Meeting)
    Presentation: "Let the Veneer Do the Talking"
    Presenter: Marty Jones, Stiles Machinery
    Where: Galliano’s Cucina, Seatac, WA
    Registration: (See attached - Scroll down on the page); $25 pp, RSVP by January 14; janette.farr@idxseattle.com

    AWI Ohio Valley Chapter
    When: February 11, 2011 (8:00 am)
    What: Chapter Meeting and Presentation
    Presentation: "Money Matters - Surviving Tough Times"|
    Presenter: Scott Nelson, Central Plains Millwork, Inc., AWI Past President|
    Where: Holiday Inn Conference Center, Columbus, IN (phone: 812.372.1541)
    Cost: $35 Chapter Members, $60 Non-Members
    Information: Chapter President Greg Hubblar, (p) 502.817.2830

    AWI Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter
    When: March 10, 2011 (1:00 - 4:00 pm)
    What: "LEED® and FSC Certification" Presentation and Lunch
    Presenters: Garry Astles, Northway Industries, on "LEED for New Construction" and Keith Atherholt, Lewis Lumber Products, Inc., on "FSC Certification"
    Where: Carroll County Community College, Westminster, MD
    Registration: (See attached) $35 Chapter/AWI Member, Non-AWI non-member, $70; $200 Tabletops available

    AWI Central Pennsylvania Chapter
    When: April 6, 2011 (12:30 – 3:30 pm)
    What: Presentation and Lunch
    Presentation: "Best Practices for the New Economy"
    Presenter: Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery and Teresa McCain, AWI
    Where: Wildwood Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA
    Registration: (See attached) $35 per person, $100 Tabletops available

    All chapters are encouraged to plan their events early to allow for ample promotion of your activities in this section of AWI e-briefs as well as through other avenues. Contact Greg Bednar, AWI Chapter Development Services at gbednar@awinet.org.

    Members are encouraged to check chapter event listings in the most recent issue of AWI e-briefs, as well as with chapter officers and chapter Web sites for program changes. As plans become finalized, dates and presentations may change for chapter programs previously listed. This issue of AWI e-briefs contains the most current information available to AWI National.
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    Next Issue of E-briefs

    The next issue of AWI e-briefs will be published February 3, 2011.

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